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Adelaide Festival: 17 days of theatre, dance, music and much more

For more than 60 years, Adelaide Festival has been a celebration of creative excellence, featuring world premiere shows and Australian exclusive pieces for every taste: Theatre, Music, Dance, Talks, Opera, Exhibitions, and Outdoor events.

The 2024 edition will be taking place amid warm March from 1 to 17 March, with performances and events taking place at venues all around the city, as well as at Glenelg Beach for the very first time in the Festival’s history. Artistic Director Ruth Mackenzie’s first program builds on the Festival’s legacy of world class artistic excellence and innovation, with a line-up of both returning international stars Robert Lepage, Thomas Ostemeier, Laurie Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Barrie Kosky, Stephen Page, Akram Khan and Milo Rau; and artists making their Festival debuts: Marina Abramović, Elizabeth Streb, Jacob Boehme, Édouard Louis and Víkingur Ólafsson.

The Festival is highly acclaimed by the critic. The Australian comments:

"More than any other Australian festival of its kind, it offers a place for cultural and intellectual nourishment, a sense of gathering, and of community."

The 2024 Festival will champion Australia’s most innovative new work along with presenting some of the world’s great companies and artists for a total of 69 events and more than a hundred performances. A standout performer in the 2024 program is French writer and philosopher Édouard Louis in his one-man show Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father) from 8-10 March in the Dunstan Playhouse. Édouard will also be appearing in conversation with Adelaide Festival Artistic Director Ruth Mackenzie at completely free event Adelaide Writers’ Week on Monday 4 March.

Adelaide Festival recognises and thanks the people and the lands of the Kaurna Nation of the Adelaide Plains and the Peramangk Nation of the Adelaide Hills. They recognise their ongoing connection to place and land as the oldest continuous culture. They acknowledge these traditional lands have been a place of movement, music, and storytelling for over 60,000 years and take pride in honouring those traditions. The 2024 program includes the world premieres of Adelaide Festival-commissioned First Nations work, both based on creation stories, with Stephen Page’s Baleen Moondjan opening the Festival at Glenelg Beach, and Jacob Boehme’s Guuranda at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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